Have a look at some of the Top Tips for Flower Gardening that will help you to grow the best and colorful blooms easily in your yard!
A flower garden offers a relaxing spot to spend leisure time in the vicinity of mother nature. If you too want to develop one in your yard, then follow these Top Tips for Flower Gardening!
Check out our article on flowers that grow year-round in India here
Top Tips for Flower Gardening
1. Look for the Right Spot
Pick a spot that receives around 4 to 6 hours of full sunlight, as most flowers call for the full sun. Though, some flowers do well in indirect sunlight, like African violets, caladium, and alyssum.
2. Examine the Soil and Amend
Examine your garden soil if it is loose, well-draining, free of debris, and weeds. Amend its quality by adding compost or well-rotted organic manure for enhanced drainage and fertility.
3. Create an Organized Layout
Creating a layout is a vital step, as it ensures the arrangement of plants, hedges, and boundaries, according to the plant’s height and sunlight needs. If you have a large garden, you can also add a walkway of pavers.
4. Flowering Arrangement
Try arranging the tallest ones at the back, but make sure they do not block the window or door. Do ensure that the smaller plants are not obstructed by the taller ones, blocking the sunlight.
5. Perennial or Annuals
Perennials go dormant during winters and re-bloom again in spring. Annuals complete their whole life cycle in one growing season and then never flower again. So, if you want consistent blooms, go for perennials, and for the short term, annuals are the best bet.
6. Mulching Makes a Difference
Covering the base of the plant-soil with grass clippings, shredded barks, leaves, or pine straw. It helps to maintain an even temperature, prevents water loss from the soil, and also suppresses the growth of weeds.
Remember that thicker the leaves and stems, the plant will require lesser water and vice versa. As these plants already retain water in their stems and leaves. As a thumb rule, water only when the topsoil looks and feels dry.
8. Keeping the Pests at Bay
Flowering plants are also susceptible to insects or pest infestation. The signs to spot are the hole in the leaves or a cottony formation on the leaves or stems. You can either use a strong jet of water or spray neem oil or a soapy water solution.
9. Deadheading Flowers
Deadheading is an important step as it aids in continuous and healthy blooms. Be it perennial or annuals, once you see the flower is shedding petals or dying, snip off the flower stem just below the spent flower.
Bonus Tip – Save Your Flowers from Trampling
Always go for small cultivars and install wide flagstones around the garden beds. It will prevent you from stepping onto the flowers, saving them from getting squashed under your feet while walking in the garden.